REGIONAL BUSINESS Creative Touch
BY CARSON GANONG
Long-standing Hutto gift store and newer candy shop aim to have loyal following C reative Touch began as an interior design store in 1986, when Janet Widmer and her
cookware and candles, and in 2012, the owners expanded operations into an adjacent building and opened Candy Corner, a shop that sells candy, soda and other sweets. “People thought we were crazy at rst,” Kubula said. “They were like, ‘Why are you going to [sell] candy?’ But it’s probably been the best thing we’ve done. It’s helped draw in a lot more people.” Kubula said they are also consid- ering holding more in-store events, something they did from time to time previously but had to put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, they held a Christmas Open House event Nov. 5 and took part in Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 27, two events that Kubula said she hopes are just the beginning. “We’re hoping to
husband, Howard Widmer, rst opened the business as Creative Touch Interiors. Janet and Howard operated Creative Touch out of their home in Round Rock until 1992, when they moved the store into a building on East Street in historic downtown Hutto. Over time, Creative Touch expanded its services, eventually shifting away from interior design entirely to become the boutique and gift store it is today. Janet said the change was one she had been considering for some time. “Once we moved here, we did some gifts and
Home decor, including some Christmas items, are on display at Creative Touch. PHOTOS BY CARSON GANONGCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
accessories, just not a lot,” Janet said. “I just always thought, ‘Well, when I’m tired of lugging books around and
“WE LOVE BEINGA PART OF HUTTOAND THE SURROUNDING
get more and more into it … like in the evening maybe a happy hour and ... on Christmas Eve we’ll do a pajama party,” Kubula said.
COMMUNITIES.” KIM KUBULA, MANAGER OF CREATIVE TOUCH
Creative Touch oers a variety of items in its inventory, including self-care products.
crawling up and down ladders, we would kind of have more gifts and raise that end of it.’” In the nearly 30 years since Cre- ative Touch opened in Hutto, Janet’s children—her daughter Kim Kubula and her son Matt Widmer—have taken up roles helping to run the store. Matt took ownership of Creative Touch in 2010, but he, Janet and Kubula remain highly involved in the store’s operations. Matt said working together with Janet and Kubula, particularly when it comes to selecting merchandise for the store, helps ensure Creative Touch carries something that will interest everyone. “I think what makes our [shop] unique compared to other gift stores is the three of us working together and all being dierent age groups and male and female and mom and daughters, so we kind of shop for everyone,” Matt said. Creative Touch oers an array of gifts, including clothing, accesso- ries, home decor, toys, food items,
CANDY CORNER FAVORITES OR SPECIALTIES In 2012, Creative Touch expanded into an adjacent building and opened Candy Corner, oering many kinds of candy, soda and other sweets. Some of the most popular treats among customers include:
As long-standing xtures of downtown Hutto, Creative Touch and Candy Corner have plenty of regular customers, and Kubula said she, Matt and Janet take pride in the relation- ships they have cultivated over the years. “We are very lucky that our core group of employees has been with us for years, and we pride ourselves on treating our customers like family,” Kubula said. “We love being a part of Hutto and the surrounding communities.”
The trues lling the candy case sell out fast, Kubula said.
Kubula said Candy Corner carries over 40 varieties of tay.
Candy from the ‘80s and ‘90s is popular among those seeking nostalgic treats.
Creative Touch 103 East St., Hutto 512-759-1088 www.creativetouch-designandgifts.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
From left: Janet Widmer, Matt Widmer and Kim Kubula form the ownership team for Creative Touch.
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